Long Trail is a 20.2 mile out and back trail located near Bristol, VT that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from March until November.
We started at burrows trail , summited Camels Hump and headed North on our 6 day hike to MT.Mansfield.There is a newer route and a original route of the LT, the newer is a little shorter but very dry and not that scenic, I wish I would have stuck with original plan as it has more shelters and you see humans every once in a while, we ran short on water before reaching Buchanon shelter and hitched a ride into Stowe. The most challenging trekking trip so far.
We hiked this trail southbound starting at the App Gap in May. We arrived around mid-day and planned to stay at Glen Ellen Lodge. Having only vaguely heard of the Glen Ellen Lodge, we simply assumed that it would be around Mt Ellen, so, off we went for the midpoint. The ascend from the gap was steep from time to time, with ladders and rebars. Once we saw the first ski lift, it was mostly ridge walking from then on. Somewhere along the way, we completely missed the sign towards Glen Ellen Lodge (3.4 miles from App Gap), which would have been too far north to pitch camp anyways. Missing the lodge was OK because Mt Ellen also hosts a ski lift with a warming hut about 50 yards down from the peak. It's a large lodge that can sleep at least 4 people. On day one, we didn't see a single living soul on the trail. Day two was more ridge walking until Mt Abe, at which point we started seeing more hikers, and then downhill from then on.
I hiked this northbound as part of my Long Trail thru-hike this past summer. It was one of my favourite parts of my trip. Climbing up Abe was rocky and steep at times, definitely work, but the work was rewarded with a wonderful view at the top! Then it was ridge walking for most of the rest of the way. One of the most memorable parts was the descent into Appalachian Gap, a rather challenging bit of hiking including ladders and rebar.
Not an easy trail, but it is a very rewarding trail.
Beautiful hike! We did this as an overnight instead of a day hike. The trail offered awesome views and was well maintained.
Awesome day hike if you can figure out the logistics of having a car at end. I have done this 5 times now. Always challenging, but generally a great time. Very few people along the way. Don't forget to find the plane wreckage just beyond Mt Abrams summit.
This was a beautiful trek; perfect for a two-day hike since there are shelters at each side of the ridge. The trek up Abraham fluctuates between steep and moderate, with a fun long scramble to the top. The other views along the way, Little Abe, Cutt's Peak, Lincoln Peak, and Mt. Ellen, aren't nearly as typical. For example, we only knew we hit Little Abe when we saw a sign for it during the ridgeline hike (the peak is forested with little change in elevation from the trail). Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen are at the top of ski slopes, so you get a bit of the man-made structures mixed in with the scenery. We turned this hike into an overnight, which works great if you start mid-late morning and camp at one of the shelters (Glen Ellen or Battell), with the last few miles saved for the morning.
A great challenging hike on the long trail - from the top of Mt Abraham - you could see Mt Mansfield to Killington on the south - steep ascent but worth the time -- We brought Ozzie, our dog along -- great views